Each year we honor a number of professionals in economics and personal finance education.

The Albert Beekhuis Award 2015 Recipient:

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Professor, Stavros Endowed Chair and Director
College of Education, University of South Florida

The Albert Beekhuis Award was established by an endowment gift in 2002 from the Albert Beekhuis Foundation to the Council for Economic Education, to be given annually to an affiliated Center for Economic Education in the CEE Network for outstanding performance in working with teachers and exhibiting excellence in practice, delivery of high quality programs, and outreach to its community.

Since its inception thirty-five years ago, the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education has provided K-12 educators with exemplary professional development programs in the field of “economics education.” As a part of the USF College of Education, the Stavros Center offers educators opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills in areas such as financial literacy, economics, business ethics, entrepreneurship education and the moral foundations of capitalism.

Throughout its history, the USF Stavros Center has received numerous awards of distinction, including being the recipient of the Freedoms Foundation Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education on three separate occasions. The Stavros Center also is the recipient of Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builder’s Excellence Award. In 2011, of the 69 BB&T “moral foundations of capitalism” programs in the U.S. granted to Colleges of Business, the Stavros Center is the only College of Education program to receive the award.

As it looks to the future, the USF Stavros Center is committed to maintaining a high level of accomplishment in the field of economics education as it provides K-12 educators with creative ideas and resources that engage and educate their students.

The William A. Forbes Public Awareness Award 2015 Recipient:

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Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida

The William A. Forbes Public Awareness Award, with a monetary gift of $1,000, made possible by a gift from Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation to the Council for Economic Education, recognizes an individual who have advanced public awareness of the importance of economic and financial education.

Calvin K. Kazanjian was a believer in supporting economics literacy programs. The William A. Forbes Public Awareness Award named for William Forbes, an entrepreneur who helped catapult Mr. Kazanjian’s small confectionery company – Peter Paul Almond Joy – into an industry leader.

Mr. Gus A. Stavros is a true portrait in integrity, business accomplishment and philanthropy. His generosity can be seen in education, the arts, civic projects, and many other worthwhile endeavors. He has provided significant funding for the Stavros Center at the University of South Florida, the Stavros Center at Florida State University, the Florida Council on Economic Education, and numerous organizations.

John Morton Excellence in the Teaching of Economics Awards

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Shelina Warren, Scoggins-May-Hall GT Center Pine Bluff, AR

Shelina Warren is a Gifted and Talented Facilitator, teaching K-4 students. For the first ten years she taught 9th grade Civics, PreAP Civics, and Economics. She also taught 8th grade World History and was the Social Studies Department Chairperson for Jack Robey Junior High.
Shelina has received many awards including Bessie B. Moore Arkansas Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics; Outstanding Teacher of the Year award from the Arkansas Association of College History Teachers; Pine Bluff School District Teacher of the Year, and was recognized as a Master Economics Teacher (MET) by Economics Arkansas.

Recipient of numerous grants for her classroom from the following organizations – Lead America, Arkansas Humanities Council, Arkansas Securities Council, Economics Arkansas, Kids In Need Foundation, and DonorsChoose. Shelina also founded and sponsored the Civic-Minded Club, a club dedicated to ending the negative stereotypes of teenage students. Shelina have two Masters’ degrees- one in History and Educational Technology and the other in Gifted and Talented Education. She is currently pursuing an Educational Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

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Allen Ruliffson, J. Frank Hillyard Middle School Broadway, VA

After working as an insurance adjuster for a year, Allen decided to enter education and completed the Post Bachelor’s program at Eastern Mennonite University to earn his teaching credentials. For the past 11 years he has worked in Rockingham County Virginia Public Schools at J. Frank Hillyard Middle School where he has taught Civics and Economics and Modern World History, as well as serving as a Department Chair, Instructional Team Leader, Student Council Sponsor, Varsity Football Coach, and Middle School Track Coach. Born in Neenah, Wisconsin, Allen grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Allen attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia where he graduated in 2002 with a BA in Government and a minor in Economics. Allen lives in Broadway, VA with his wife Melissa, and their children Joey (4) and Kendall (1).

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Brian Held, Loyola High School of Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA

Brian teaches AP Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics, and AP Statistics at Loyola High School of Los Angeles, his alma mater. In the past, he has also taught World History and Human Geography. For ten years he has served at the AP Reading in Macroeconomics, and more recently, as a Table Leader; in 2014, he joined its Test Development Committee. He is a board member for the California Association of School Economics Teachers, CASET, and has presented at their annual conference, including at the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank. In 2010, the California Council on Economic Education, CCEE, recognized him with their Teacher of the Year Award. His students won CCEE’s Capital Markets Contest in 2007. Outside of the classroom, he has been the boys Head Varsity Tennis Coach for 8 years, and previously a soccer and track and field assistant coach. He holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Economics from CSULA and an M.A. in Educational Technology from GCU. He and his wife, Amy, live in Culver City, California, with their three children, Molly, Dylan, and Henry.


Bessie B. Moore Service Award

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University of Delaware
Delaware Council on Economic Education

The Bessie B. Moore Service Award recognizes an individual whose outstanding and dedicated service has had a significant impact on the delivery and enhancement of economic education.

The Bessie B. Moore Service Award recognizes an individual whose outstanding and dedicated service has had a significant impact on the delivery and enhancement of economic education.
Barbara Emery has served as the Program Coordinator of the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship at the University of Delaware since 2001. Prior to coming to the Center, Barbara taught high school economics for over 30 years. Since she joined the Center, program offerings for secondary teachers have tripled. Perhaps her biggest impact has been in the area of financial literacy.
Barbara has been the driving force in developing financial literacy curriculum in Delaware. Barbara’s efforts to develop the Keys to Financial Success curriculum in conjunction with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia have provided the students of Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland with an education that will help them make the wise choices that will give them control over their financial futures and avoid the stress and financial problems that many Americans face. She has worked tirelessly to promote the program in public school throughout the area and has continued to work with the Fed to revise and update the curriculum to integrate changes in legislation, add new innovative lessons, and to adapt lessons to the changes in technology in our classrooms.
Behind all of Barbara’s work is her desire to do what is best for students. She understands how important the understanding of Economics and Personal Finance is to the future success and happiness of our students and that the best way to deliver these lessons is by actively engaging them and giving them opportunities to discover for themselves how Economics affects their lives. Barbara is the perfect example of the type of economic educator Bessie Moore would have wanted working with teachers.

John C. Schramm Leadership Award

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Northern Illinois University

The John C. Schramm Leadership Award is given annually to someone who has exhibited great leadership in economic education. This Year’s winner has made a career of providing leadership in our network.

Joanne’s career in the network as a Center Director at Bradley, and then again in her long service to the Illinois Council on Economic Education, has been filled with successes. She has led Centers in both teaching and curricular programs reaching K-12 students in her own state as well as other states and as a Council Director in making of the Illinois Council a national model. Her work building an involved Council Board of Directors and raising strong financial support for her Council is unmatched in the network. Her efforts in person to person relationship building and friend raising brought the council financial support as well as strong advocates in K-12 education and business that have continued after her retirement.
Her desire to mentor and support new Centers is best exemplified by her creation of a New Center Directors Training Program while still in Peoria. She recognized the need for hands-on training for new directors and developed an in-depth program that has supported numerous individuals who continue to work at Centers across the network. In addition, she has served the NAEE association faithfully, in many ways, holding all executive officer positions including president during her time on the board. In addition, she has served as chairman of 5 different NAEE committees during her 30 years of NAEE membership, a leadership legacy that is unmatched in the network.

She continues to work with colleagues across the globe and is one of the founding members of the Global Economic Education Alliance (GEEA) which draws on the experiences on associates in the NAEE/CEE network to encourage the expansion of economic education programs worldwide. Her most recent efforts have been with economics for early learners in a number of pilot programs in South Africa and Kenya and productive discussions with the international YMCA about support for expanding these programs. The successful development of these international programs would be a fitting final achievement in a long career in education generally and economic education in particular. Joanne fully embodies the spirit of the Schramm Award.

Patricia K. Elder International Award

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University of Nebraska at Omaha

The Patricia K. Elder International Award is awarded for exemplary contributions to economic education internationally.

Jim Dick was instrumental in establishing one of the leading Centers for Economic Education and is highly regarded by his colleagues, by teachers and by individual schools. Jim has taken on many roles at the University of Nebraska-Omaha: scholar, teacher, curriculum developer, program administrator and international teacher/advocate for economic education. One of his leading roles in the UNO Center was to bring in international educators to share economic education with them. In turn, Jim has done a lot of traveling to teach economic education abroad.
His sphere of influence and impact has not been limited to the local and regional area, but expanded to Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He has done extensive work with the EconomicsInternational Train the Trainers programs in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. In addition, Jim organized and hosted study tours from Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Indonesia to introduce American teachers to economic education across the globe. As a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship, Jim worked with the Cherkasy Center for Economic Education and Post Diploma Institute for Teachers in the Ukraine. His work in the Ukraine not only helped to improve economic education in a newly independent country, but also helped to raise the profile of economic education and our network.

Jim has played an active role in the National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) serving on the DEEP Planning, Publications, Conference and International Committees. He has for the last few years been the chair of the International Committee. He puts together a plan for the international visitors to conferences, mentors them at the conference, organizes and hosts a breakfast in their honor, and does a myriad other activities to make sure they feel welcome and will take home something useful and important from the conference. Jim travels as an ambassador of economic education to the world and is a perfect choice for the Patty Elder International Award.

Henry H. Villard Research Award

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St. Cloud State University

The Henry H. Villard Research Award recognizes an individual whose leadership has had an extraordinary, positive impact in economic education research.

Ken Rebeck is a Professor of Economics at St. Cloud State University and Research Associate at the National Center for Research in Economic Education. In the research field of economic education, our most important public good is our normed test instruments. If it were not for the efforts of researchers such as Ken Rebeck, our field would not have advanced its research to the high level that it stands today. In his collaborations with Bill Walstad, Ken has developed a full complement of tests. From the Financial Fitness for Life test to the Basic Economic Test to the Test of Economic Knowledge to the Test of Economic Literacy, Ken has shown a dedication to developing resources for all researchers to enjoy. Those who have worked with Ken on these tests and admire how he carefully vets each question. And after the questions are written and norming data gathered, Ken spends hours of time working with the data from the norming samples to help select and improve each question. The result is well-designed tests that provide value to us all. In sum, he works tirelessly so the rest of don’t have to!

While Ken’s work on tests is considered his biggest contribution, Ken, with coauthor Bill Walstad, has some of the more widely cited papers in economic and financial literacy education. Two of his most cited works are “Assessing the Economic Knowledge and Economic Opinions of High School Students” in the Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance and “The Effects of Financial Education on the Financial Knowledge of High School Students” in the Journal of Consumer Affairs. He has also published in the Journal of Economic Education as well as contributed a chapter on assessment to the International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics. As a whole, these articles represent important contributions to our field. Ken Rebeck is doing outstanding work to advance research in economic education. He is recognized nationally and internationally for his valuable contributions to the field.

The Abbejean Kehler Technology Award

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Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
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Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

This award recognizes an individual instrumental in promoting the use of technology to improve the delivery of programs in economic education.

Mary Suiter
Mary Suiter has been a NAEE member for 30 years. She chaired the awards and publications committees. She served as NAEE treasurer and is a past-president of NAEE. She has received the Bessie B. Moore Service award and the Patricia K. Elder International Award (with Bonnie Meszaros). She currently serves on the professional development committee. She authored Financial Fitness for Life for Grades 3-4 and served on the writing team for Middle School Economics, Institutions and Markets, Mathematics and Economics Grades 3-5 and 6-8, and Learning Earning and Investing. She was project director for Focus: Middles School World Geography and Focus on Economics Grades 3-5. She served on the writing team for the Voluntary National Standards in Economics and the National Standards for Financial Literacy. She served as an instructor for the international teacher training program and the training of writers program.

Mary began her career in economic education at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis eventually becoming center director. She is now assistant vice president and economic education officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis where she leads a team of 9 people who work to develop online resources for teaching economics and personal finance with technology.

Barbara Flowers
Barb Flowers has been a NAEE member for 25 years. She served on the communications committee and was an editor for the NAEE newsletter (you have to have been around a while to remember the newsletter). She has received the Bessie B. Moore Service award. She currently serves on the technology committee and on the executive committee. She was on the writing teams that developed Economics at Work, Financial Fitness for Life, the elementary Focus on Economics books, and Economics and Entrepreneurship.

Barb began her career in economic education at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, starting as an economic education specialist and eventually becoming center director. While there, she developed many of the center’s popular curriculum guides and the center’s youth entrepreneurship program. She is now the coordinator for economic education at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis where she continues to develop lessons and curriculum pieces enhanced with online learning tools and interactive whiteboards.

This award recognizes an individual instrumental in promoting the use of technology to improve the delivery of programs in economic education.

Rising Star Award

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Miami Dade College Center for Economic Education

The Rising Star Award recognizes a new member of our network who has “hit the ground running.”

David Mahon has served as Director of the Center for Economic Education at Miami Dade College in Miami since its inception in August of 2012. The Center provides professional development opportunities in teaching economics and financial literacy to teachers in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, serves as a source for standards based resources for K-12 educators in all disciplines, and coordinates local, state and national programs and competitions related to economics. In 2013, the FCEE partnered with the Miami-Dade Public Schools to secure a grant from Discover Financial Services to provide professional development and curriculum materials for local teachers. David developed and conducted extensive trainings for nearly 250 teachers and continues to be a resource to area classrooms. In 2014, the Center provided 14 workshops reaching nearly 300 educators.

David has tirelessly invested personal time and energy to advance the Center’s mission and programs. He is an active member of the statewide FCEE Network and has attended Regional Advocacy Board meetings and workshops at other Centers to learn and implement best practices at the MDC Center. He has taken advantage of CEE and NAEE conferences, led CEE Virtual Economics grant funded workshops, and identified and enlisted teachers to attend the 2013 CEE conference through the Western Union grant for Hispanic educators. His teachers often confront poverty, socio-economic barriers, and language difficulty, but he brings his workshops to them and they find David’s enthusiasm contagious. David Mahon is a rising star that is making a lasting difference in the lives of teachers and students.

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